Monica Moffat, SNJM
My story began in the loving family of Jean and Tom Moffat and siblings Geraldine and Virginia. The family had recently moved into a house on Capitol Hill just a “stone’s throw” from Holy Names Academy. At the age of six I donned the Holy Names uniform and Buster Brown shoes and made my way hesitantly toward Holy Names to begin a 12 year career and lifetime love affair with the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Soon Mary Ann and Joan joined the Moffat family, making me the “Middle Moffat”.
The Sisters with their dedication to their students and fun-loving nature continued to be my inspiration throughout my school years. In these years the seeds of my religious vocation were planted.
After broadening my experience with three years at Seattle University, I decided to enter the novitiate with 45 other young women.
In 1963 I received my Bachelor degree from Fort Wright College and began a 14 year teaching ministry before embarking on a 29 year ministry in school administration. During this time I received an M ED degree from Western State University and Principal credentials from Seattle University. The highlight of my career was the honor of receiving the “Distinguished Principal Award” from the National Catholic Education Association in 1991.
After my 43 years in formal education, a new horizon opened when I was offered a job at Catholic Community Services in the Office of Mission Resources as Manager of Parish and Donor relations. My fellow workers here have been a huge inspiration to me in their untiring dedication to the poor and marginalized.
It has also been my joy to serve as the Coordinator of the Seattle Mission Centre and as a Health Care Advocate for our Sisters.
As I look back over the past fifty-two years, I feel so blessed to have had the opportunities I have experienced as a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Truly, my soul proclaims God’s greatness and my spirit rejoices in God, my savior...”